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Living in Light of Two Ages

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Tuesday
Apr222014

"The Founder and Perfecter of Our Faith" -- Hebrews 12:1-17

The Twenty-Second in a Series of Sermons on the Epistle to the Hebrews

Several biblical writers tell us that the Christian life is like a race.  The starting line is our conversion.  The finish line is our death, hopefully after a long and full life, unless our Lord should return prior to our demise.  As we run this race, we are to look ahead to the finish line–that inheritance which is ours in Jesus Christ.  In chapter eleven the author of Hebrews told his readers that the Old Testament saints looked forward to that time when God fulfilled his promise through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  In chapter twelve he now directs us to consider the goal which God has set before those of us living in the new covenant era.  As he sets this goal before our eyes, he exhorts us not to hinder our own progress through carelessness, or by rejecting the place of godly discipline.  It is Jesus who perfectly trusted in God’s promise and gave his life for our sins, thereby earning the title of the founder and perfecter of faith.  Jesus not only fulfills God’s promise, he is God’s promise.  Jesus is that one in whom we possess all the blessings promised to us by our gracious God.  It is to him we look as we run the race.

We are continuing our series on the Book of Hebrews, and now we come to chapter 12, in which the author applies the message of chapter 11, the so-called “hall of faith” to the congregation which has just considered the names and exploits mentioned by the author.  In Hebrews 11–one of the best known portions of the New Testament–the author has made the point that there is one covenant promise throughout the course of redemptive history.  All those mentioned in the “hall of faith” believed that promise, though for them, the promise was not yet fulfilled.  But now that Jesus Christ has come, what was promised to those listed in Hebrews 11 is a reality for all those who live in the era of a new and better covenant.  The Old Testament saints trusted God’s promise, and now that Jesus Christ has come, they too have been made perfect, as have all those reading this letter who have placed their faith (trust) in the person and work of Jesus Christ, the creator of all things, and the redeemer of God’s people.

In the first half of chapter 12 (vv. 1-17), the author turns first to Christ’s work on our behalf in fulfilling that promise referred to in chapter 11 by suffering and dying for his people (vv. 1-2).  In verses 3-11, the author takes up the necessity for Christians to endure under the hardship they were facing because they were Christians, and to realize that God disciplines his own because he loves us.  This was an important word of encouragement to those in the original audience who are facing persecution from the civil authorities, and possibly from those whom they left behind in the synagogues.  Then, in verses 12-17, the author exhorts us to persevere in that long and grueling race which is the Christian life.

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Monday
Apr212014

Who Said That?

"I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I'm not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It's not even close."

Who said this?  Please leave your guess in the "comments" section below.

But if you can't help yourself, and you must look up the answer (through a google search), then please don't post the answer and ruin it for everyone else!

 

Monday
Apr212014

This Week at Christ Reformed Church (April 21-27)

Sunday Morning (April 27, 2014):  We are continuing our series on the Gospel of John, and we come to the account of the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus in John 20:11-29.

Sunday AfternoonI am continuing my series on the Canons of Dort.  We are covering the third/fourth head of doctrine, article 4 which deals with the insufficiency of the light of nature. The catechism service begins @ 1:15 p.m. 

Wednesday Night Bible Study (April 23, 2014):  In our "Studies in the Book of Revelation," we will be covering Revelation 17 and Babylon the Great.  Bible Study begins at 7:30 p.m.

Friday Night Academy:  No Academy this week.  Next week (May 2) we return to our series "In the Land of Nod" dealing with the two kingdoms.

For more information and directions, check out the Christ Reformed website:  Christ Reformed Church

Sunday
Apr202014

"He Must Rise from the Dead" -- John 20:1-10 (Easter Sunday)

Here's the audio from this morning's sermon:  Click Here

Sunday
Apr202014

This Week's White Horse Inn

The Cross & Resurrection

On this program, we’ll walk through the significance of Christ’s death and resurrection. In particular, we’ll be focusing on the importance of seeing the resurrection as a fact of history, which then becomes the basis for our faith and subjective experiences. As Paul writes in his first letter to the Corinthians, “If Christ is not risen, your faith is in vain” (original air date: April 4, 2010).

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Saturday
Apr192014

Audio from Maundy Thursday and Good Friday

Here's the audio from Maundy Thursday (the text is John 6:25-59 and our theme is "The Living Bread from Heaven")  Maundy Thursday

Here's the audio from Good Friday (the text is Hebrews 10:1-18 and our theme is "Jesus, Our Passover Lamb")  Good Friday

Monday
Apr142014

Easter Week at Christ Reformed Church and You Are Invited!

Easter Sunday (April 20, 2014):  We are continuing our series on the Gospel of John, and we come to the account of Jesus' resurrection from the dead in the opening verses of chapter 20.

Sunday AfternoonI will be covering Lord's Day 17 (Q & A 45) of the Heidelberg Catechism which deals with the benefits of Christ's resurrection. The catechism service begins @ 1:15 p.m. 

Easter Week Services:

Maundy Thursday (April 17 @ 7:30 p.m.)  "I Am the Bread of Life"

Good Friday (April 18 @ 7:30 p.m.)  "I Will Remember Their Sins and Lawless Deeds No More"

Wednesday Night Bible Study:  No Bible study this week

Friday Night Academy:  No Academy this week.

For more information and directions, check out the Christ Reformed website:  Christ Reformed Church

Sunday
Apr132014

The Scriptures Might Be Fulfilled -- John 19:31-42

Here's the audio from this morning's sermon:  Click Here

Sunday
Apr132014

This Week's White Horse Inn

Dealing With Death

If you really want to kill a conversation, just start talking about death and dying. But is it really wise to avoid this important subject? Christians in our time appear to be doing this, particularly as they emphasize Christian living and having our best life now. So how should we think about death? Is it okay to mourn during a funeral, or should we consider it a celebration of life? That’s the focus of this edition of White Horse Inn (original air date: Feb. 6, 2005).

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Friday
Apr112014

Friday Feature--CCR (in Honor of John Hagee)

Is a bad moon rising, the same as a blood moon?